Thursday, December 13, 2007
Black Beans + Rice w/ Sweet Potato Cubes
Fortunately or not, I did not grow up eating sweet potatoes. Sure, I may have unknowingly consumed one at some point in time, but I honestly have no recollection of doing so. Thus, I have no preconceived notions about them, or how they're "supposed" to be prepared.
On one hand, that's a bit of a bad thing, if only because it prevents me from commiserating with people who obsess about their love/hate relationships with those sweet potato-marshmallow conglomerations that are often served on Thanksgiving.
On the other hand, it's a really good thing, because it means that I tend to work with sweet potatoes in exactly the same manner as I do with plain ol' white potatoes. And since I LOVE potatoes in general, it's nice to have zero boundaries when it comes to cooking with all varieties of spuds.
Thus, this post is dedicated to a delicious combo of two of my fav foods: black beans and potatoes. Now, even if you're prejudiced against sweet potatoes, or can't imagine eating them with something other than sugar, you have to try this dish. It's soooo scrumptious that I took the fist bite and immediately started kicking myself for not coming up with it sooner.
Recipe: Black Beans + Rice w/ Sweet Potato Cubes
2 cans black beans (partially drained)
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 jalapeño, seeded & minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt, + more to taste
olive oil for sautéing
Sweet Potato Cubes:
3 - 4 sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt (+ more after potatoes are done)
pinch cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. (or more) olive oil
*Brown rice & cilantro are also required for this dish; sour cream/vegan sour cream, optional.
**Note: Feel free to use more or less of each spice according to your personal preference.
1.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, & grease small baking dish.
2.) Place potatoes in large bowl, add remaining "Sweet Potato Cube" ingredients, & mix to coat. Add more olive oil if spices are not sticking.
3.) Pour potatoes into baking dish, & cook for approximately 35 mins, stirring half-way through.
4.) Next, prepare brown rice according to package directions.
5.) Meanwhile, add olive oil to sauce pan & heat on medium-high. Add onion, garlic, & jalapeño, & sauté until soft.
6.) Add cumin & cayenne pepper to onion mixture, stirring until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
7.) Next, add black beans, tomatoes, & salt to pan. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
8.) Finally, after potatoes & beans have finished cooking, place cooked rice in serving bowl, & top with beans & sweet potato cubes. Sprinkle extra salt on top, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro, & add sour cream/vegan sour cream (optional).
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Yep, sheer deliciousness is peeking out of that bowl...